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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Prepositions of time (with example)

Prepositions of time

Preposition of time
Explanations
Example
on
  • days
  • weekend (American English)
  • Many shops don't open on Sundays.
  • What did you do on the weekend?
in
  • months / seasons / year
  • morning / evening / afternoon
  • period of time
  • I visited Italy in July, in spring, in 1994
  • In the evenings, I like to relax.
  • This is the first cigarette I've had in three years.
at
  • night
  • weekend (British English)
  • used to show an exact or a particular time:
  • It gets cold at night.
  • What did you do at the weekend?
  • There's a meeting at 2.30 this afternoon / at lunch time.
since
  • from a particular time in the past until a later time, or until now
  • England have not won the World Cup in football since 1966
for
  • used to show an amount of time.
  • I'm just going to bed for an hour or so.
ago
  • back in the past; back in time from the present:
  • The dinosaurs died out 65 million yearsago.
before
  • at or during a time earlier than
  • She's always up before dawn.
to
  • used when saying the time, to mean before the stated hour
  • It's twenty to six.
past
  • telling the time
  • five past ten
to
  • until a particular time, marking end of a period of time
  • It's only two weeks to Christmas.
from
  • used to show the time when something starts
  • The museum is open from 9.30 to 6.00 Tuesday to Sunday.
till / until
  • up to (the time that)
  • We waited till / until half past six for you.
by
  • not later than; at or before
  • She had promised to be back by five o'clock.
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